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The US and UK strike against Iraq
US Secretary of Defense William Cohen and General Henry Shelton, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, said on Wednesday that strategic jet fighters B-52 and cruise missiles were launched from naval ships taking part in attacks against Iraq, which US President Clinton said were launched before the beginning of the fasting month of Ramadan, expected on Sunday, because launching an attack during Ramadan would have been "profoundly offensive to the Muslim world."
Iraq, Politics, 12/17/1998
Iraq slams US attacks and questions significance of violations
Iraqi Foreign Minister Muhammad al-Sahaf said that the US and British governments are "fully responsible for their acts of aggression against Iraq," calling US and British leaders "cheap liars" and playing down the significance of the violations of unconditional access reported by UNSCOM chairman Richard Butler.
Iraq, Politics, 12/17/1998
Arab reactions as Russia denounces attack
Arab reactions on the US / British military operation against Iraq, Desert Fox, have not been forthcoming due to the timing of the strike and the official news sources release.
Regional-Iraq, Politics, 12/17/1998
Morocco: No conflict between us and U.N on Sahara issue
There is no conflict (between Morocco and the United nations), and Morocco has not rejected the proposals submitted by the U.N secretary general regarding the Sahara issue.
Morocco, Politics, 12/17/1998
Mubarak confers with Arafat
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Wednesday the received Palestinian President Yasser Arafat and held with him a round of talks dealing with the latest developments on the Palestinian-Israeli track.
Egypt-Palestine, Politics, 12/17/1998
Syrian Parliament convenes its new session today
The Syrian People's Assembly (parliament) held today its first session in its sixth legislative course, which will last for four years, in the presence of several diplomats, officials and observers.
Syria, Politics, 12/17/1998
Khatami expresses satisfaction over Iran's relations with Gulf states
Iranian President Muhammad Khatami has expressed satisfaction over his country's improving relations with the Arab Gulf states.
Gulf-Iran, Politics, 12/17/1998
Ruler of Bahrain calls for convening Arab summit
on the occasion of the Bahrain's national day the need for a forum in whcih, "Arab brothers will meet to achieve national detente and to open a new page of joint Arab work based on frankness and open dialogue."
Bahrain, Politics, 12/17/1998
Israel readies to respond, Iraqi missile attack ruled out
Torn between their newly-established honeymoon with the US Administration and their solemn support for the Iraqi people, Palestinians took to the streets in a number of West Bank towns and cities to protest the US and British air strikes on Iraq.
Palestine, Politics, 12/17/1998
Lebanese complaints over Israeli military flights over Beirut
The April Understanding Monitoring Committee will meet on Sunday at the headquarters of UNIFIL at the Lebanese border town of al-Naqoura.
Lebanon-Israel, Politics, 12/17/1998
Report: On al-Gemayel returning to Lebanon
Lebanese political circles that used to be close from former Lebanese President Amin al-Gemayel disclosed a critical secret message sent by al-Gemayel directly to former US President Ronald Reagan via the US National Security Council dated March 30, 1984 on the May, 17 agreement.
Lebanon, Politics, 12/17/1998
Rabat and Madrid eager to harmonize cooperation in many fields
Morocco and Spain are both keen on harmonizing their cooperation actions in matters of security and of struggle against drug trafficking, terrorism, illegal immigration, and the exploitation of persons by illegal networks, said Moroccan interior minister Driss Basri.
Morocco-Spain, Politics, 12/17/1998
First official visit by a Greek foreign minister to Kuwait
A round of official talks was held on Wednesday at the headquarters of the Kuwaiti Foreign Ministry between the first Kuwaiti Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad and Greek Foreign Minister Theodhoros Pangalos.
Kuwait-Greece, Politics, 12/17/1998
Moroccan soccer players stars launch charity fund-raising campaign
Moroccan Soccer stars, Mustafa Haji and Smahi Triki, will launch next week a solidarity fund-raising campaign in favor of the Casablanca orphans.
Morocco, Culture, 12/17/1998
French minister says Europe does not mean to harm Egyptian exports
French Minister of Trade Jacques Dondoux stated that 'the countries of the European Union do not intend to impose any dumping fees on European imports of Egyptian cotton.
Egypt-France, Economics, 12/17/1998
Turkey, Israel conclude military talks
For his part Mordechai expressed Israel's readiness to strengthen military cooperation relations with Turkey, especially in the area of air navigation. The deal to modernize the Turkish Phantom planes and the F-5 warplanes is estimated at a cost of US $ 700 million.
Turkey-Israel, Politics, 12/17/1998
Palestinian official not to take part in committee on releasing prisoners
Member of the Palestinian authority Mahmoud Abbas has announced that he will not from now on take part in the joint trilateral committee with Israel and the US, in charge of discussing the question of releasing Palestinian security prisoners held in Israeli jails.
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 12/17/1998
Moroccan premier dedicates infrastructure projects in southern provinces
Moroccan Prime Minister Abderrahmane Youssoufi chaired in Guelmim (Southern Morocco) Wednesday over the launching of several infrastructure projects for a total investment of 191 Mln DH ($ 20.7 Mln) in the Moroccan southern town of Guelmim.
Morocco, Economics, 12/17/1998
Rights and liberties in Arab world discussed in symposium on human rights
The Arab Organization for Human Rights held a symposium yesterday on the occasion of 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights.
Regional, Politics, 12/17/1998
Relations between Iran, Egypt highlighted
Deputy chairman of the Iranian Shoura council Hassan Rouhani met on Wednesday in Tehran with the chairman of the foreign policy committee at the Egyptian parliament, Amin Mubarak.
Egypt-Iran, Politics, 12/17/1998
Israel prevented from participating in Amman tourism conference
Representatives of local councils in Israel decided not to take part in conference concerned with political affairs, to be held in the Jordan. Representatives from all parts of the world are taking part in the conference.
Jordan-Israel, Politics, 12/17/1998
Euro will give Moroccan businessman several advantages
The enforcement of the European single currency "Euro" next January will not entail any shocks for Moroccan businessmen. The Euro will on the contrary secure several advantages, said head of the European Union Delegation in Morocco, Lucio Guerrato.
Morocco-European Union, Economics, 12/17/1998
Two Muslim Brotherhood members released in Egypt
The Egyptian state's supreme security court has released two persons who were arrested two weeks earlier on charges of being members of the Muslim Brotherhood group.
Egypt, Judicial, 12/17/1998
UNSCOM's return to Iraq after attacks uncertain
Iraq, Politics, 12/17/1998
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An Iraqi Kurdish official told ArabicNews.com that the coming days will witness intensive meetings in northern Iraq to implement the agreements upon which the two Kurdish main parties have agreed abroad. The official pointed out that after Jalal Talibani, leader of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, returned to northern Iraq last week, the PUK presented its monthly balance sheet, hoping that the Kurdistan Democratic Party could assume the supervision of taxes on borders with Turkey.
Israeli Defense Minister Yitzhak Mordechai has called for early elections in the Israeli Knesset. In statements he made on Wednesday quoted by Israeli radio Mordechai announced that if it would not be possible to achieve progress in the negotiation process as stated the in Wye Plantation agreement with the Palestinians it would be very necessary to have an early Knesset elections. He added that he has reached such a result through the obstacle that hit the negotiation process with the Palestinians during the past days. Mordechai made it clear he does not intend to resign from his post.
Syrian President Hafez al-Assad on Wednesday received at Damascus' al-Chaab palace received Arlen Specter, who is a member of the US Senate and members of Specter's accompanying delegation.
The most recent statistics issued by the Egyptian tax service revealed that Egyptians have paid 152,001,097,407 pounds since the establishment of the service in 1938.
The Lebanese Parliament on Wednesday started discussions on the ministerial statement of Prime Minister Salim al-Hoss' government. On Monday, al-Hoss read his statement before the parliament according to which the government will win the parliament's confidence. Speakers at Wednesday's session included Walid Jumblatt and Parliament members Talal al-Muribi and Ali al-Khalil. The parliament will continue discussions of the government's statement in successive session.
Nominated Algerian Prime Minister Ismail Hamadani met on Wednesday with the heads of the three government coalition parties within the framework of his consultations to form a new Algerian government. Well-informed sources said that Hamadani met with the secretary general of the Democratic National Coalition, al-Taher Bin Yayeesh; the secretary general of the National Liberation Front, Bu Allam Bin Hammoudeh; and the chairman of the Peaceful Society Movement, Sheikh Mahfouz Nahnah.
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz on Wednesday received a message from ruler of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad Bin Khaleifa al-Thani. The message was conveyed by Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad Bin Jasem al-Thani during his meeting with the Saudi crown prince in Riyadh.